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'The Most Sweeping Ethics Reform in History'?


Barack Obama promised during his campaign to "clean up both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue" with "the most sweeping ethics reform in history." He declared that his administration would "have the toughest ethics laws of any administration in history." But shouldn't that moral commitment extend to all of those he appoints, too?

Recently, many people were nominated by Obama for high-ranking positions in his administration. Six of them were involved in tax evasion or other shady deals.

First, there was Bill Richardson for commerce secretary. Second, there was William J. Lynn III, slated for the No. 2 spot at the Defense Department. Third, there was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's appointment. Fourth, there was Nancy Killefer's nomination as the government's first chief performance officer. Fifth, there was former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who would have led the Department of Health and Human Services. Sixth, there was the nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis for labor secretary.

And now we have lucky No. 7. Obama has nominated David Ogden to be the deputy attorney general, the second person in command in the Justice Department. According to the American Family Association, as an attorney in private practice, Ogden has filed briefs opposing parental notification before a minor's abortion, the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act. He also has litigated many obscenity and pornography cases on behalf of clients such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Playboy, Penthouse and the largest distributor of hard-core pornographic movies.

Am I missing something? Remember when tax evasion was a crime? Remember when porn was bad? Remember when ethics actually mattered in our choices for politicians? Remember when there were expected moral standards for leaders? Remember when politicians were role models? (Now I'm dating myself!)

Call me Pollyannaish, but I believe leadership should be exemplary. I believe leadership should be above reproach. And if Obama can't find ethical criteria for choosing other politicians, then let me pass along some advice from our Founding Fathers.

Ethics (the practice of morality) is the foundation of a healthy character, family and country. If ethics wane, the people — and eventually the nation — follow. As Founding Father Elias Boudinot once said, "If the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow."

Good morals precede good laws, which is why government isn't much help here. Unless the people and their legislators are grounded in morality, the best of laws will be broken and the worst of laws will be made, legalizing immorality. All the vetting in the world won't vanquish a corrupt human nature. That is why we can't look to government to improve decency, civility and morality. For that, we need to look to another source.

John Adams put it well when he said: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.

Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Government isn't the answer. And neither is education, at least without religion. As Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote, "Without religion I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind."

Our Founders had a better answer than government or even education. God is the answer. God is the moral compass of America. Or he should be, if we ever want to restore morality in our homes and civility to our land. Our Founders believed that morals flowed from one's accountability to God and that without God, moral anarchy would result.

To the Founders, religion was an essential buttress of free government. That is why Patrick Henry wrote: "The greatest pillars of all government and of social life: I mean virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible."

Charles Carroll, who also signed the Declaration of Independence, wrote, "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion whose morality is so sublime and pure are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."

George Washington summarized it best in his farewell address: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

To encourage ethical living in youngsters, I recommend they read and practice "Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation," which George Washington wrote at age 14. To everyone else, I recommend Jacob Abbott's "Ethics: An Early American Handbook," a reprint of an 1890 study on ethics. Humbly, chapters 5 and 6 in my new book, "Black Belt Patriotism," also are devoted to how to rebuild a civil and moral society according to our Founders' vision. I lastly recommend Rushworth Kidder's "Moral Courage." Better still, attend his seminar in Washington, D.C., April 7. And stay attuned to ethical issues in politics by frequenting the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Web site (

Of course, illegalities, immoralities and other ethics violations have existed in every age, including in our Founders' age, but they weren't as readily accepted and tolerated as they are today. Most led good, moral and decent lives. And most fought to elect those who would do the same, and so should we. Write your representatives today and demand, "Unethical nominees should not be appointed to govern our country!"

Mr. President, I'm doing my best as a patriot and a conservative to support you. But if your present choice of leaders is reflective of "the most sweeping ethics reform in history," then I respectfully would say, sir, you're sweeping in the wrong direction.

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What did Obama actually mean when he was referring to 'Change'! Obama's
favorite was "no more Washington insiders or politics as usual! REALLY! If you
look at the ones he's picked for his administration, and look closely at the ones
that don't have to "play" by the same rules of paying taxes like most Americans
and weren't they the same bunch of crooks under the Clinton era?
With the Stimulus plan, Obama is putting America in jeopardy! To date, everything
he's done, he's put America and the American Taxpayers in jeopardy.
'Have we priced ourselves off the earth?' At the time I wrote that article,
the deficit was millions!' Now it's trillions, owed to foreign countries,
and doesn't seem to bother the politicians! Anyone know what'll happen to
America when interest isn't paid?

That article and this one isn't about Democrats or Republicans it's about
government spending, cutting politician's salaries and retirements to
$12,000.00 yearly! This is only way America will survive!

Textile and furniture manufacturing companies must be brought back to America
creating jobs. No need for "infrastructures" if there's no manufacturing

Taxpayers fear the word 'Stimulus'! Will this money, that America doesn't
have, stop workers from losing jobs, "ABSOLUTELY NOT"! It's only putting
America further into debt and destroying the chances of our children
becoming productive citizens.

'Fair Tax', to include property taxes, should be top priority! This would
enable folks to put their children into good Christian Schools to stop the
moral decline! Another top priority would be eliminating social and welfare
programs, bailouts, handouts and government positions!

Taxpayers have yet to see politicians seriously think about America's
Future! What kind of people are behind these 'stimulus' packages, that's
doing more harm than good?

Taxpayers cannot save the world from the fat cats like Freddie, Fannie, AIG,
Big Three, and anyone else that's taking money they're not entitled to, but
Taxpayers, who have jobs at present, will soon have to make a decision,
themselves, whether to pay taxes or put food on their tables! What happens
to your big salaries, bonuses, freebies, and retirements then?

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know it's now obvious that America can't
survive by borrowing from Peter to pay Paul! While I'm on a roll, Liberal
means "generous, favorable to progress or reform", but not with any
politicians money! WAKE UP AMERICA!

Comment: #1
Posted by: Shirley deLong
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:45 PM
I am so greatful to see an article stating what I feel. Thank you, Chuck.
How can so many not see the destruction we are allowing here in our own country? Like everything else, such as our current movies, video games, etc, we are becoming more and more desensitized to all immoral behavior. Where has our morality, integrity and plain old common sense gone? It would appear we now expect it (negative behavior) and then blow it off.
We truly are asleep. God help my grandkids!
Comment: #2
Posted by: Marcia Kernan
Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:07 PM
Thanks, Chuck. I believe the problem is at the top. "If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked" Proverbs 29:12. Continuing to pray for you and your family and ministry, Psalm 55:22 in all things. "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
Comment: #3
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:14 AM
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